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Creationism gains foothold in schools (England)

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  • Chris Ashcraft
    Truth in Science has been active promoting the teaching of Intelligent Design in high schools and this has led to huge publicity and controversy. Truth in
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      "Truth in Science" has been active promoting the teaching of Intelligent Design in high schools
      and this has led to huge publicity and controversy.

      Truth in Science
      www.truthinscience.org.uk

      Here's a recent headline.
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      Creationism gains foothold in schools
      The Sunday Times December 31, 2006
      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2524442_1,00.html

      THE government has cleared the way for a form of creationism to be taught in Britain’s schools as
      part of the religious syllabus.

      Lord Adonis, an education minister, is to issue guidelines within two months for the teaching of
      “intelligent design” (ID), a theory being promoted by the religious right in America.

      Until now the government has not approved the teaching of the controversial theory, which
      contradicts Darwinian evolutionary theory, the basis of modern biology.

      Adonis said in a parliamentary answer: “Intelligent design can be explored in religious education
      as part of developing an understanding of different beliefs.”

      He announced that the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) is to hold discussions with the
      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the assessment regulator, and said local advisory
      councils would decide whether particular schools should teach the theory.

      Creationists believe in the literal truth of the Biblical account of the creation by God in six
      days.

      Intelligent design argues that life and the universe are guided by a “designer”, rather than an
      undirected process as illustrated by Darwin’s natural selection.

      The theory has gained a foothold in the American state school system, sparking legal challenges
      from secular groups seeking to oust it from science teaching.

      Although Adonis stopped short of permitting the teaching of intelligent design in science lessons,
      one of the key lobby groups behind the theory, Truth in Science, hailed his statement as a
      significant breakthrough.

      So far no schools in Britain teach the theory as part of its religious education syllabus. But
      Truth in Science believes that the new government guidelines will give the green light to dozens
      of schools to incorporate ID in the syllabus.

      Andrew McIntosh, a professor of engineering at Leeds university who heads Truth in Science, said:
      “We believe that evolutionary theory should be taught in a critical manner, and some space must be
      given to credible alternative theories, such as intelligent design.”

      The lobby group says its ultimate aim is to pressure schools to teach ID in science lessons as a
      challenge to Darwinism. It says it has the support of about 70 heads of science across Britain,
      who want ID to be introduced in the national curriculum as part of science.

      Opponents in the Church of England dismiss it as fantasy. Colin Slee, the Dean of Southwark, said:
      “Everything needs to be explored, so that children can ask sensible questions. Though I see no
      huge difficulty with exploring intelligent design or creationism or flat Earth, they happen to be
      misguided, foolish and flying in the face of all evidence. I see no problem with Darwinian theory
      and Christian faith going hand in hand.”

      Canon Jeremy Davies, Precentor of Salisbury cathedral, said: “I don’t see why religious education
      should be a dumping ground for fantasies. If it is claimed that this is a scientific theory, why
      isn’t it explored in science classes? Its validity or otherwise should be tested against the usual
      criteria.”

      Others regard it as religious dogma masquerading as science. Richard Dawkins, author of The God
      Delusion, said ID was not a science and “should not be taught”.

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      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2524442_2,00.html


      Christopher W. Ashcraft
      Northwest Creation Network
      http://nwcreation.net
      CreationWiki
      http://creationwiki.org
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